latest Covid rules and holiday tips
The Seychelles were removed from the red list on 11 October. Returning travelers from the archipelago are no longer subject to a 10-day stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of up to £ 2,285 per adult.
For its part, the Indian Ocean country gave the green light to tourists on March 25. All holidaymakers (except those who have been to Bangladesh, Brazil, India or Pakistan within 14 days prior to the trip) are free to visit the island. , regardless of their vaccination status.
Here’s everything you need to know about travel to the Seychelles.
Can I visit the Seychelles?
Yes, travelers can visit (regardless of vaccination status) but must present a negative PCR test, done within 72 hours prior to departure, and will face a temperature check on arrival.
Anyone arriving in the UK must take a side flow test and fill out a passenger location form. Due to concerns about the omicron variant, all travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must take a PCR test on day 2 at 4:00 a.m. on November 30. arrival in the UK, which will take place at the end of the second full day after arrival, and isolate until you receive a negative result. Anyone who tests positive should be isolated for 10 days. Unvaccinated travelers should also take a PCR test on or after the 8th and be isolated until the 10th unless they opt for the Release Test. You can find government rules on pre-departure testing here.
There are no quarantine requirements or movement restrictions for visitors entering Seychelles, but they must be accommodated in authorized accommodation. An application for registration must also be completed and returned to the Public Health Authority before the trip.
Should I take a Covid test?
Yes. Anyone with permission to enter the Seychelles must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure. An application for registration must also be completed and returned to the Public Health Authority before the trip.
What is the situation of Covid in the Seychelles?
The Seychelles has reported a total of 23,197 known cases and 122 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.
Cases declined after a significant increase in May, although concerns about beta levels remained in the archipelago, so it may have remained on the red list for so long.
As for restrictions, there are public health measures that visitors are expected to comply with, including the use of masquerades and social distancing in public places.
Have the holidays continued in the Seychelles during the pandemic?
Given the low death toll and the fact that many resorts operate on their own islands, the Seychelles has continued to be popular during the pandemic; especially among wealthy travelers and influencers.
The islands make about 65 percent of their GDP from tourism, forcing them to revive the economy of visitors sooner than some countries. Earlier this year, Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan told The Telegraph: “We want to revive tourism as soon as possible. It is vital to our survival.”
Am I still covered by travel insurance?
The FCDO “no longer discourages all but essential travel” in the Seychelles, which should make it easier to take out proper insurance. But if you are concerned, a good handful of insurers offer coverage for many countries, even when the FCDO discourages all travel except essentials. These include Staysure (staysure.co.uk), Campbell Irvine (campbellirvinedirect.com) and Battleface (battleface.com).
What is the best time of year to visit the Seychelles?
The country has stable temperatures all year round, from lows of 23ºC to highs of 30ºC. April and October are largely considered the quietest months for the climate on the islands, which is dictated by trade winds. In these windless months, the sea should be warmer, with little rain and visitors can avoid the seaweed that crawls on the beaches during periods of wind. The best time for bird watching and hiking in the Seychelles is from April to October. Turtle nesting peaks between October and January.
Private island resorts in the Seychelles facilitate social distancing: read our guide to the best private island hotels.